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The Seattle Times reports that a tentative agreement has been reached between unions representing supermarket employees and management of Fred Meyer, Safeway, QFC and Albertsons, effectively ending the threat of a Thanksgiving job action that could have disrupted operations during one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to the Times, “The tentative agreement was announced on the union's website late Saturday. Dates are still being set for the vote on the proposed contract, said union spokesman Tom Geiger. Those meetings will most likely take place the week after Thanksgiving, and contract details will be made public afterward, he said ... At issue were disagreements over benefits and pay. The workers said they have taken cuts in hours since their last contract and that the proposed additional cuts would hit them hard.”
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